The Suburbs – ‘When We Were Young’

The Suburbs have been a part of the musical fabric of Minneapolis for as long as anyone could remember. They demonstrated with their albums from the early 80s, such as ‘In Combo‘, ‘Credit in Heaven‘, and ‘Love Is The Law‘, that it was possible for a group to be danceable and tough, intellectual and approachable, radio-ready and underground friendly – all at the same time. Their music from then sounds as fresh now as it did when it was first released. Nobody was surprised then when The Suburbs returned after a 25 year hiatus with an album just as good as those from back in the day.

That album, ‘Si Sauvage’, was a Kickstarter success story, and garnered a 4 star review in AllMusic, spurring them on to the release of ‘Hey Muse!‘, which itself has seen NPR call them “legendary” and the title track was picked up by them for a Heavy Rotation Feature – “10 Songs Public Radio Can’t Stop Playing“.

The final track on ‘Hey Muse!’ is ‘When We Were Young‘, a sharp-eyed look backward. In effect this shows just how far the band has come, presented over an array of electric guitar and propulsive beats.

The personalities of The Suburbs are on display in the video for ‘When We Were Young’. The band has been on the scene for forty years; they’re veterans, they know how to work an appreciative audience. The candid moments captured by the camera – the shadow of a smile; a flash of thoughtful recognition; are all down to directors Mariah Crabb and Jeremy Ylvisaker from Adanced Visuals Wealth Management. They bring the band to life in 3D.

‘Hey Muse!’ and ‘When We Were Young’ are out now. Find The Suburbs online on their official website, Twitter, and Facebook.

The Suburbs - When We Were Young (Official video)

About the author

Lisa has been writing for over 20 years, starting as the entertainment editor on her university newspaper. Since then she's written for Popwrapped, Maximum Pop, Celebmix, and ListenOnRepeat.

Lisa loves all good music, with particular fondness for Jedward and David Bowie. She's interviewed Edward Grimes (Jedward), Kevin Godley, Trevor Horn, Paul Young, Peter Cox (Go West), Brendan B Brown (Wheatus), Bruce Foxton (The Jam), among many many more. Lisa is also available for freelance writing - please email

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